HC Deb 21 August 1945 vol 413 c432
24. Mr. Touche

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that a number of boys have been seriously injured by explosives pilfered from the ammunition dumps at Ranmore Common, Dorking; and whether he will take steps for the early removal of these explosives or for a permanent guard to be placed over them.

Mr. Lawson

I understand that one accident has occurred involving two boys who received burns through interfering with this particular ammunition. Vast stocks of ammunition are stored throughout the country and while every effort is being made to dispose of it as quickly as possible, facilities for disposal are limited. Similarly, for lack of man-power, permanent static guards could not be provided for all the stocks. Constant patrols are maintained, however, and ample distinctive warning notices have been erected. In addition to frequent broadcasts and Press articles, special warnings are given to boys of school age by teachers and the civil police.